About Introduction to Human Communication - COM 100

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of human communication, processes, and environments. This course surveys communication topics related to culture, identity, organizations, and relationships. By the end of this course, you should have a fuller understanding of appropriate and effective communication based on your knowledge of theoretical concepts and their application.

You will learn:

  • To define and describe the complex nature of communication
  • To identify and describe the various contexts of communication study, including interpersonal, small group, organizations, public, and mass communication
  • To explain the features of communication common to all contexts, including verbal and nonverbal
  • To connect theoretical concepts of communication to everyday experiences
  • To define key terms used by communication researchers and practitioners
  • To describe the relationships between the discipline of communication and other academic areas of study

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Upcoming start dates

Jun. 8, 2021$25 + 400
Jun. 7, 2022$25 + 400




8 weeks

Faculty and course staff

Frederick C. Corey

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education,

Office of University Provost

Arizona State University

Alexis Valianos


Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Arizona State University

Terrie Wong


College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Arizona State University

J. Macgregor Wise


School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Arizona State University

Manuel G. Avilés-Santiago

Associate Professor,

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Arizona State University